Monday, March 4, 2013

Meatless Monday - Cheap and Easy Stir-fry

Meatless Monday

Simple Stir-fry

My hubby is a vegetarian. He does not eat meat, dairy, or eggs, but he doesn't consider himself a vegan. I've been eating vegetarian foods for a few years now but I'm not a vegetarian myself. 

The thing is, I'm a lazy cook. I hate cooking. Everything about it! The prep work, the actual cooking part and cleaning up afterwards. It's no fun. For some reason though, cooking vegan meals is fun sometimes. I have a large collection of vegan cookbooks and enjoy flipping through them once in a while to plan out a meal. Not always though because I can't imagine cooking every meal from scratch.

So I decided to start doing Meatless Mondays. It's a good way to eat healthier, help reduce my ecological footprint and discover new foods! 

My first Monday isn't anything to brag about though. Seriously, I made this meal in about 30 minutes, with no prep involved!  Other than mincing fresh garlic.

Step 1: Make some rice according to the directions. I like basmati rice from the local Indian grocery store.

Step 2: Heat olive oil in a pan at low-medium heat and throw your minced garlic in (I used 2 cloves) for about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Dice your veggies and throw them in. Or if you're like me you can buy them already cut up (I got these two bags from the local farmer's market for $1 each). Or get a bag of frozen vegetables.

Step 4: Cook your vegetables until soft, stirring occasionally.

Step 5: Open a can of chickpeas, rinse them off well and stir them in.

Step 6: Now you can pour your favourite stir-fry sauce over top of your veggies and chickpeas. I used Teriyaki sauce because I'm just that cool. Once you have your sauce all mixed in you can eat it served over rice!

Seriously, this is the cheapest and easiest vegetarian meal ever. We eat it often when nobody wants to cook.

2 bags of already diced vegetables = $2
1 can of chickpeas = $0.77
Basmati rice ($10 for the entire bag) so I'm going to guess = $.75 (but probably less)
Teriyaki sauce ($2.50 for the bottle, used about 1/3) = $0.83

Total cost of dinner = $4.35 to feed a family of 5.

There you go!


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